According to the Manhattan Institute: “During the carrot and stick intervention, the officers will present an offer for a hand up so they can become contributing members of the community while emphasizing the severe and lasting consequences that will result from further criminal acts.”
Officers will also pursue greater engagement with neighborhood residents and urge those citizens to report suspicious activity.
It’s an update of a strategy police tried in New York City, known as “broken windows” policing. The effort addresses public safety by concentrating on small details to promote feelings of orderliness in a neighborhood.
“The goal is not to have more arrests or have more tickets issued, but instead to have better quality and a larger quantity of citizen-to-police interaction — this means more traffic stops, more enforcement of littering and loitering ordinances,” Michael Alec Reddy, the Manhattan Institute’s director, told CBS Detroit.
But a study by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, which compared crime rates in cities where stricter “broken windows” strategies were pursued with San Francisco, where a less stringent policy was enforced, concluded the policy did not make a significant impact.